Mid Suffolk District Council has approved up to £600,000 for the development of a brand-new visitor centre at Needham Lake.
Proposals to build a high quality environmentally friendly visitor information centre included a café and new public convenience facilities.
The improvements complement an already well-used and popular destination in the district and have been developed following a user consultation. The new centre would be owned by the council and operated by a private business or social enterprise.
Needham Lake already attracts in excess of 300,000 visitors a year, with Visit England having ranked it as the second most visited free attraction in the East of England. The lake provides a great place for the community to get active and spend time in the natural environment.
The aim of the improvements is to create a venue that will enhance visits to the lake each year helping to boost the local economy.
It is envisaged that works will start in the Autumn with the visitor centre opening in time for the 2020 Summer season.
Cllr David Burn Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“It’s great to see proposals for new facilities at Needham Lake reaching the approval stage. Our ambition is to secure the future of Needham Lake as a premier visitor, community and family destination for our residents and beyond.
Having a café included in the plans provides a much needed community-based venue that is easily accessible to locals and visitors alike, whilst also helping to support our local economy.”